Maurin’s Shepard Matrix

January 29, 2018

Maurin first visited KOBA in February, where he gave a talk and performed his matrix instrument. We decided to tailor him a Shepard Matrix costume. But it was not until Maurin returned in May to perform at the noiselab festival at the Teufelsberg that we got around to making his costume.

Matrix Shepard

Matrix Shepard

Matrix Shepard

Video of the Shepard Matrix Performance at Noiselab in the Teufelsberg, Berlin:

Maurin is a fellow e-textile inventor and over the last years has been experimenting with all kinds of ways of making an e-textile pressure-sensitive, multi-touch surface. Together with Maurin we have also received funding to design a next version of the Lulu – a solution for connecting e-textiles with fiber optics.

LINKS:
Maurin: http://etextile.org http://xyinteraction.free.fr/
Datapaulette: http://datapaulette.org/
Lulu: http://www.kobakant.at/KOBA/lulu-collaboration-with-maurin/
Noiselab: http://noiselab.org/


Measuring Maurin (February)

Measuring Maurin


First experiments (February)

The original jacket:
Maurin in fur

Shaving the fur:
Maurin shaving
E-Textiles in Fur


Sketches (February)

Sketching with Maurin

Sketching with Maurin

Sketching with Maurin


Production (May)

Testing the shape with a first calico toile:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Making from the real material:
Andy in Berlin
Andy in Berlin

Sewing up the seams and gluing on the straps:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Inside out and right-side out:
Maurin's Shepard MatrixMaurin's Shepard Matrix

Adding circuitry for buttons:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

First button spacer holes are not sensitive enough:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Thicker foam and bigger hole works:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

We add eyelets so that Maurin can feel where the buttons are:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Inside view of buttons fused down in pouches:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Connection from leather circuit to wires:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Rainbow ribbon cable soldered to copper sewn traces – to be covered in hot glue (fingers crossed this will hold up!):
Maurin's Shepard Matrix
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Finished inside:
Maurin's Shepard Matrix

Some 360 photos of the process:
360 KOBA
360 KOBA